Character matters more than skills when hiring good employees

Latest posts by Joel Welsh (see all)

Experience is highly over rated. So says the 2006 Stanford Business School Entrepreneurship Conference panel of recent graduates, venture capitalists, and established entrepreneurs.

I agree.

This character over skills argument applies to both the entrepreneurs who are starting a business (you don’t necessarily need to have experience in a business to be successful at it) and to those that you hire to build out your star team of people.

Oh sure, there are exceptions to every rule. My teammate Chris just casually mentioned passing by my office that he’ll keep the character over skills rule in mind next time he’s looking for a heart surgeon. But we’re talking about starting new businesses here, not choosing a mechanic, whether it’s for your car or your hip replacement. (outta my way Chris, I’m on a blogging roll here)

What do you think? You’re starting up a company and you need to put together a team. Are you going with experience or character?

I’m certainly looking for a specific skill set for each role, but when it comes down to it I’ll take a rookie with enthusiasm over a seasoned veteran with habits every time.

Total
0
Shares
Previous Article
Online Retail Businesses

Costs of Starting an Online Retail Business

Next Article

Small business advice for communicating in the 21st Century

Related Posts
virtual assistant
Read More

How Virtual Assistants Can Benefit Startup Leaders

According to venture capitalist Bill Trenchard of First Round Capital, the average startup founder "works about 300 days a year, 14 hours a day." He should know. Trenchard cofounded and led three companies and, as a VC, advises hundreds of startups. "Looking at the schedule of a typical CEO, a full 70 percent of that...
succession planning
Read More

Your Business Legacy: Why Succession Planning Is a Crucial Step in Estate Planning

Running your own business is a mammoth task and a considerable investment. Statistics have consistently shown that small business owners have to work longer and harder than the average employee. So, after dedicating so much time and energy to building up a company, it’s crucial to protect it should the worst happen. Almost all of...
supply chain
Read More

How to Keep Vendors and Clients Happy During Supply Chain Hiccups

Supply chain breakdowns are happening due to global disruptions, rising costs and increased consumer expectations. Businesses can't always stop supply chain hiccups, but they can learn from them and limit their impact on vendors and clients. How a business responds to a supply chain issue can have far-flung effects. A company that is proactive and...
implementing new systems
Read More

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Implementing New Systems

If your systems aren’t lean, efficient and precise, you’re wasting time and money while putting your business at unnecessary risk. If you’re going to build out new systems, you need to do it right. Avoid these nine mistakes when building new systems to transform how work gets done in your business. 1. Ignoring human nature...